Reduced fees for spay/neuter in February

Mary Lee Pappas

Tens of thousands of unwanted pets are destroyed at local shelters yearly.

"We are in a pet overpopulation crisis in our city," Verna Boggs, volunteer coordinator for Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana, said. "You only need to visit a shelter here in Indiana to see the overwhelming number of pets looking for homes versus the space available. A simple solution is to spay or neuter your pet. The benefits to the pet, to yourself, to the community, are tenfold."

Pets that are spayed or neutered tend to live longer, be healthier and have fewer behavior problems like spraying, biting and running away.

SNSI is teaming up with 26 local veterinarian clinics to help pet owners get their pets spayed or neutered at a reduced fee during the month of February. This annual effort is open to all pet owners regardless of income.

The February Campaign began in 1993. In 2005, 1,684 pets were spayed or neutered through the SNSI February campaign. February was picked because the Doris Day Foundation, through their Spay Day USA campaign, declares the last Tuesday of February Spay Day USA.

"If a pet owner wants to do the right thing but cannot afford the surgery for their pet, we are here to help through one of our many programs," Boggs said. "If a pet owner just doesn't understand why spay/neuter is important, we are here to help clear up the facts and myths."

One myth is that an animal has to be at least six months of age to be sterilized.

Boggs explained that many veterinarians are now practicing pediatric or "early-age" spay-neuter surgeries that can be performed on animals as young as six to eight weeks old. Early age spay-neuter is reportedly easier to perform and better for the pet. (Visit for more info.)

Pet owners who would like to take advantage of SNSI's reduced surgical fee program must pick up a hot pink certificate at Marion County libraries, various surrounding libraries, Pet Supplies Plus stores or by request at 317-788-6330, or at SNSI's Web site, Participating vets, which are located throughout Central Indiana, are listed on the hot pink reduced fee certificate. Veterinarian calendars fill up fast, so call as soon as possible to schedule.

Founded in 1977, Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana, Inc. is dedicated to help end pet overpopulation in Indiana by providing affordable options for spay-neuter surgeries. Centrally located in Indianapolis, SNSI consists of volunteers who work on behalf of the many unwanted and neglected animals in this state.

For more information on this and other programs SNSI sponsors, please visit or call 317-788-6330.


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